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  1. music
    Katy Perry’s ‘Dark Horse’ Copied Christian Rap Song, Federal Jury FindsPerry, her collaborators, and her label will have to pay $2.78 million in damages.
  2. cow tools
    Gary Larson Hesitantly Logs On“The Far Side” has famously never been available online, until today.
  3. content
    A Dispute on Twitter Illustrates the Insanity of Copyright LawThe current architecture favors those with time and money to burn, not individuals who get ripped off.
  4. select all
    E.U. Saves Memes by Rejecting Controversial Copyright RegulationsArticle 13 could have changed the internet drastically.
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    Why Is This Man Going to Prison for Copying Free Repair Software?Eric Lundgren made 28,000 unauthorized copies of software you can legally download for free. Now he’s headed to federal prison for 15 months.
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    Julian Assange Got in Trouble for Stealing a Viral VideoYou gotta keep engagement up somehow.
  7. love and war
    Did Frank Ocean’s Panorama Shirt Violate Copyright Laws?Green Box Shop, the maker of the shirt, may have violated copyright laws when it used the words of a 2015 tweet.
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    Warner Bros. Took Down Its Own Sites in Copyright SweepThe flaws in how the web handles copyright become ever more apparent.
  9. the blurred lines effect
    ‘Blurred Lines’ Appeal Backed by 212 MusiciansDanger Mouse, Jennifer Hudson, Tears for Fears, Hans Zimmer, and R. Kelly all signed the amicus brief.
  10. That Time Negativland Trolled U2 Into Suing Them Trawling YouTube is a weekly look at one interesting story or oddity from YouTube. You ever go down a YouTube rabbit hole and suddenly you’ve […]
  11. Why Is Oracle Suing Google and What’s at Stake?An intricate court case has big implications.
  12. Is Richard Prince the Andy Warhol of Instagram?He always wanted to be the coolest artist in the world. But how much cred can one man appropriate?
  13. Why Copyright Infringement Is Pop’s Big ProblemWelcome to the Wild West of music-copyright law.
  14. The Woman Who Invented ‘on Fleek’ Still Hasn’t Seen a Dime for ItOur current copyright system offers little protection to the black creators generating much of the viral content.
  15. soundalike sound-off
    Do Sleigh Bells Have a Case Against Demi Lovato?We asked a copyright expert to explain the technical aspects of the latest sound-alike controversy.
  16. Calvin, Hobbes, Twitter, and CopyrightThere is a battle going on between good and evil – right at the nexus between art and commerce, between the old way and the new, between […]
  17. david letterman
    Here’s Why You Can’t Watch Letterman’s Late Show on YouTube AnymoreHis episodes were removed from YouTube and CBS.com on Thursday.
  18. Marvin Gaye, Robin Thicke, and Why Nobody Cares About Stolen JokesOn Tuesday a jury in Los Angeles found Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams guilty of copyright infringement and ordered them to pay $7.3 million […]
  19. copyright
    K-Pop Star Sues Sony Over Unauthorized Use of Her Music in The InterviewThis studio can’t catch a break.
  20. A Russian Broadcasting Company Got Dan Klein’s ‘This Is Comedy’ Special […]Earlier this month, comedian Dan Klein released a fantastic collection of standup tropes and clichés in the form of an hourlong special titled […]
  21. movies
    Watch Matt Zoller Seitz’s Video Essay on All That JazzHe explains why it was cut from the Criterion Blu-ray edition.
  22. ‘THR’ Explains Why Jokes Aren’t Always Covered by the Copyright ActTHR ran an interesting guest column over the weekend called “Why It’s So Hard to Get the Law to Protect a Good Joke” that explores intellectual […]
  23. Adorable Toy Company GoldieBlox Sues the Beastie BoysAfter the band threatens copyright infringement.
  24. lawsuits
    Harper Lee Sues Over To Kill a Mockingbird CopyrightThe 87-year-old author claims that her literary agent’s son-in-law took advantage of her bad hearing.
  25. Fox Doesn’t Care that ‘Glee’ Ripped Off Jonathan Coulton’s Cover Song Last week, a new song from the TV show Glee was released online, an acoustic cover version of Sir-Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” that used the […]
  26. Did ‘Glee’ Plagiarize Jonathan Coulton’s Cover of ‘Baby Got Back?’ Here’s a cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” from the Fox show Glee, set to air on next week’s episode. Jonathan Coulton recorded a […]
  27. lawsuits
    Faulkner Estate Files Second Lawsuit in Two DaysThis one is over a Washington Post ad.
  28. arrests
    Pirate Bay Co-Founder Arrested in CambodiaThe Swedes have been after him for years. 
  29. An Open Letter to Jay Leno About Stealing My Video and Then Getting It […]Dear Jay Leno, First off, my intention is not to fight you on this. You have more cars than I have dollars, and so I know I don’t stand a […]
  30. eye of newt
    Gingrich Sued for Using ‘Eye of the Tiger’ Throughout CampaignSurvivor is kicking Newt when he’s down.
  31. Man Claims The Hangover Part II Was Based on His LifeMichael Alan Rubin is suing Warner Brothers, arguing that the plot of The Hangover Part II was stolen from a script he wrote about his 2007 […]
  32. music
    Record Labels Prepare to Battle Artists Over Song RightsAs usual, the RIAA are the villains.
  33. copyfights
    Copyright Protection for Fashion Design Comes One Step Closer to Becoming LawA bill that would protect high-fashion designers from knockoffs passed unanimously in the Senate Judiciary Committee today.
  34. fashion law
    Diane Von Furstenberg Wields a Gavel for Fashion LawThe CFDA president helped welcome Fordham’s new Fashion Law Institute.
  35. fashion law
    Fordham’s New Fashion Law Institute Will Serve, Protect, Talk ShoesFrom copyright infringement to signing a store lease, director Susan Scafidi gives us the lowdown on the new center.
  36. copyright
    David Byrne Sues the Governor of FloridaFor using a song without permission.
  37. Trimmings
    Times Restaurant Ceases and DesistsA restaurant that across from the Times Building stops mimicking the paper’s font.
  38. copyfights
    Marc Jacobs Sues Christian AudigierFor copyright infringement, not because his clothes are ugly.
  39. Paris Hilton Sued for Copyright Infringement and We’re Forced to Take Her SideCan you really sue over insoles?
  40. copyfights
    Court Throws Out Small-Town Seamstress’s $3.7 Million Forgery Suit Against ChanelThe seamstress is actually fairly pleased with the outcome.
  41. copyfights
    Smalltown Seamstress’s $3.7 Million Lawsuit Against Chanel Goes to CourtAnd her business is suffering as a result.
  42. copyfights
    Trovata’s Suit Against Forever 21 Ultimately Has No Effect on Knockoff RegulationsTrovata gave up the two-year legal battle that could have resulted in a landmark verdict.
  43. Lawsuits
    Dog Fight: Chicago’s Superdawg Sues Super Hot DogWho’s your dog in this fight?
  44. DVF Settles With Mercy of Canada Over CopyrightThe matter of the floral jacket is officially over.
  45. copyfights
    Mistrial Declared in Forever 21 Trovata CaseSo much for that landmark legislation about copyrighting clothing designs.
  46. copyfights
    Jury Deadlocked in Forever 21 Knockoff CaseThey might not even understand what the case is all about.
  47. copyfights
    Forever 21: You’d Need a Telescope to See What Trovata Thinks We CopiedWell, not really — but it’s up to a jury to decide.
  48. copyfights
    Trovata Fights Forever 21 With Music, Forever 21 Fights Back With Apple CobblerThe landmark trial over fast-fashion knockoffs has begun.
  49. copyfights
    Maria Cornejo Lobbies for Copyright Protection, Might Want a Diffusion LineThe designer blogs about her recent trip to Washington, D.C., with Jason Wu, Narciso Rodriguez, and Thakoon Panichgul.
  50. copyfights
    Michael Kors Embroiled in Trademark-Infringement SuitHis resort collection was inspired by Tony Duquette, but the Duquette brand thinks he took it a little too far.
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